Art Samberg has a long history in finance, having held various roles from security analyst to president and business owner. During his time in the world of finance and investing, Art Samberg gave back to the community through various charitable donations, including the donation that led to the formation of the Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence.
Based at Columbia University, where Art J. Samberg earned his MBA, the Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence serves as a faculty resource. It hosts junior, senior, and visiting faculty for events such as conferences and teaching seminars. The overall goal of the Institute is to promote educational practices by improving the quality of teaching provided by faculty through initiatives such as a mentorship program.
The mentorship program pairs an educated and experienced leader with a less-experienced individual. The goal is to help the mentee earn additional skills he or she may need while focusing on the application of those skills. The program includes relationship-building and filling the gaps that exist between classroom education and real-world work dynamics. Through the mentorship program, the Institute helps faculty become more successful.
Arthur J. Samberg graduated from Columbia Business School with a master of business administration in 1967. Art Samberg became a successful investment banker and led multiple investment firms, and he continues his investment ventures into retirement. Since graduating, Art Samberg has made multiple donations to his alma mater, most recently in 2013, when he pledged $25 million for the construction of the new Manhattanville campus.
Samberg was not alone in his donation, as fellow ’67 graduate Mario J. Gabelli pledged an additional $15 million, for a combined $40 million. The pair not only graduated in the same year but also sit on the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers. Samberg was quoted as saying, “In supporting Columbia Business School, I’m helping others, who didn’t grow up in the same environment, get a chance to advance.”
His charitable work includes not only donations of time and money to Columbia Business School but also work for other charities and nonprofits, including College Summit, Historic Hudson Valley, and the UJA-Federation of New York. Pre-construction for the Manhattanville campus began in 2008, and construction is still in progress. Ongoing construction updates are available via the official campus website.